M. Davis Carr saved Donald E. Brinkley from drowning, Teacheys, North Carolina, May 17, 1964. Donald, 15, schoolboy, a poor swimmer, dived into water 15 feet deep in a farm pond. When he found he could not touch bottom, he panicked and began flailing wildly in an effort to stay afloat. Davis, 14, schoolboy, was swimming in the pond and saw Donald gasping for breath as he was submerged intermittently 25 feet from the nearest bank. Already tired from earlier exertions, Davis swam 30 feet to where Donald again had sunk. He dived from the surface and found Donald, whose flailing fist struck Davis on the head. After surfacing for air, Davis submerged again and approached Donald from behind. He obtained a hold on him and took him to the surface. Donald was coughing from water he had swallowed, and he squirmed in Davis’s grasp. Securing a better hold, Davis towed him 20 feet to wadable water, from where he aided him to the bank.
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